This all started from a friend of mine (not a digital mum) seeing a Digital Mum post and thinking of me. She forwarded the information onto me (via social media of course) and I kept a watchful eye on this for a number of months. I had more questions than answers and whittled away many minutes (perhaps an hour at a time) per day until they launched a competition in December 2016. The competition was “Giving the gift of #WorkThatWorks” and this was my entry:
My post received the most likes which I’m very proud of. But, it didn’t win although my efforts were kindly rewarded with a discount (top tip for businesses), which led to many a discussion with my husband about risk and a thorough cost/benefit analysis. I don’t enter into things without thinking about them and researching them but it soon became obvious that this unique method fitted my busy life as a Mum, wife, friend, volunteer, committee member and runner. It provided the right opportunity to train whilst maintaining/juggling my existing commitments so I got in touch with Digital Mums. I asked questions communicated for a while longer and finally decided to apply to enrol. Unfortunately the next two months were already filled until, I got a cancellation in February and, that’s where the real excitement and anxiety began.
This was completely outside of the safety and comfort zone from my pre children experience as a Manager within a Social Housing setting. It filled me with both excitement and anxiety about the possibilities. With each email I received, I was then asking myself “what have I done?” a theme which has remained constant throughout my course, but I never once regretted my choice. I posted a quote which reads: This is something that I turn to when I’m needing to give myself a push, realising I can do this, and I did.
My campaign is called @ActivelyBeYou is across three channels being Twitter, Instagram & Facebook it centres around the community – sharing activities focussing on encouraging healthy body as well as tips on my passion, running.
Surprising myself writing a blog, I’d only ever written one and so really couldn’t class myself as a blogger, I’d love to do more of this and you can be my judge.
I really struggled with the influencer side of things at first as I thought I had found the right ones and who, turned out, not to be influencers. Then I began to come across more and more as I discovered my true key influencers – I suddenly began to understand and put this into practice, resulting in RTs and engagement figures (all very exciting stuff, good job no one can actually see me reading my analytics, I do tend to do do celebratory dances on occasion).
I successfully maintained my marriage and no children or animals were harmed and my biggest success ‘hmmm’? That would have to be producing lovely images for Instagram and enjoying creating video from my own content too, I’ve really enjoyed being creative with photos, videos and building up the brand and surprised myself so many times. I really do believe I did the hustle because I completed 2 trail marathons in the space of 3 months, I also did an endurance race all whilst studying and campaigning, pretty darn determined.
Would I recommend the course?
I have gained confidence, friends (my peer group rock) and valuable knowledge (which I view as a continuous journey) – why wouldn’t I recommend the course?
What does the future hold?
If I were ‘Mystic Meg’ or more likely ‘Septic Peg’ I would be employed utilising my shiz hot Customer Service skills gained in my previous life as a Housing Manager in combination with my new found passion/skills for Social Media. I’m not prescriptive as I glance into my crystal ball I see flexibility creating more options.